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Grateful Dead Live at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on 1991-06-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on 1991-06-14

Publication date 1991-06-14 (check for other copies)
Topics Live concert
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead

This show has been commercially released as "View From The Vault II"

Cold Rain & Snow, Wang Dang Doodle, Jack A Roe, Big River-> Maggie's Farm, Row Jimmy, Black Throated Wind, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Estimated Prophet-> Dark Star-> Drums-> Jam-> Stella Blue-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue


SBD > DAT> CD> SHN> Peak (track recutting and level adjustments)> SHN via Peter Braverman (possible cassette gen but NOT VFTV)


Reviewer: mluebker - - December 1, 2015
Subject: removed
Reviewer: DJJazzZD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2015
Subject: 2000th Show
They say the band didn't acknowledge this as such but as far as anyone knows it was most likely their 2000th show played. Wasn't there myself only wish I was ( even after reading the graphic reviews of the stinky fella who was by all accounts " "happier than a pig in shit") YIKES!!!
Always loved this show and after learning too much, well I still do.
Reviewer: tmaguiresnow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2015
Subject: sit right here
I recall watching the stream of people piling onto the floor early in the show. The crowd roar during Jack-a-roe is the reaction. I couldn't help but think at the time that the next song's choice of Big River was the bands reaction "I'm gonna sit right here until I die."
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2015
Subject: --
The Vault vid is the only way to go with this one - Bobby's short-shorts, Jer looking like Moses atop the mountain, his lion's mane white-and-gold, blown by a stage fan...really something to see!

First set: the band is off to a rather fleet-footed, light start - 6 covers to begin the show - begins to harden up later on and Music Never Stopped has an amazing "lullaby" section.

Second set is absolute pure gold - Vince begins a solo on Estimated that sounds like someone unplugged their guitar - watch Jer give him a smile and nod in approval. Slipknot is incredibly hot, just goes on and on...

Yeah, this vid as of this writing is available online - worth it just to see Jerry looking outright biblical as he strums through Row Jimmy.
Reviewer: msatzy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 24, 2011
Subject: you tube
FYI can view this entire hot concert now on you tube. Apparently was uploaded on May 2011 and is wonderfull. Can see how much fun the band is having and IMO one of the best of '91.
Reviewer: Offthebusalongtime - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2011
Subject: Smoking
I forgot how awesome this show was.

In person it was sick and thank god I did not see the guy who shit himself.
Reviewer: Herbacious - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2009
Subject: Wow!
The boys were on a roll through '90 and '91 thanks to Jerry falling way way off the wagon and tonight was no exception. I was on tour and anxiously awaiting the 2ng set of a kick ass summer tour evening in D.C. Jerry came out with a fan blowing his crazy long hair every which way and was noodling Help On The Way like a crazed man. He lit into it and played the best Help-Slip-Franknlin's since the 77. You were transported back to the 70's as the band dished out an amazing 2nd set. Buy this disc or find a copy because it is as good as it gets in the 90's. Jerry looked posessed in the giant tv sceens on each side of the stage and he played his guitar the same that night. Thanks Jerry for the memories!
Reviewer: stefano89 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 7, 2008
Subject: in the heart soul of DC
Wow this night was Epic...the second...WOW!!!...rfk is a rather circular stadium and the sound rolls around, yet with so many people at this gig ( 45,000??? more??? ) the sound was was absorbed by the people ! ha, on many was cloudless starry night...epic!...mid 70 - 80 degrees...i loved how the boys would pick up on the ghetto souyl energy of the RFK neighborhoods...Ghetto! lol...So much soul that jerry's guitar is jammin....the HLP - SLP _ franklin , guitar work is epic!! on fire!
Reviewer: elsha - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2008
Subject: First Dark Star.....
This show highlighted my first Dark Star and first H>S>F. Having been in the twentieth row dead center I remember this show well. Cold Rain was strong and it was clear that the band came to play. Jack-a-roe is not the best I heard and I find this one a bit slow but its still solidly played. Big River seems to be where the energy takes off. Jerry's leads are mixed with both Bruce and Vince. The Row Jimmy was solid though not one of the best I heard live or on tape as far as the "90"'s go. It seemed to me that Jerry was having fun with it but not digging in yet. Still, Jerry's solos are there. Bobby picks up the rest of the set with strong versions of Black Throated Wind and Music Never Stopped. This Music was scorched and was one of the best I heard live along with 8/22/93 Oregon. It set the table for what was to come in a similar fashion as 8/22/93 did. The energy level from this Music carried over into a great Help>Slip>Franklins which had the stadium rocking. I remember the band just looking at each other and looking down and wailing this whole thing out. The Estimated kept up the energy level and the Dark Star is short with one verse but short can be sweet and this one was. Phil clearly is having fun with this. A more than decent drums led into a sweet Stella Blue with some good jamming at the end into a smokin Lovelight. Baby Blue is simply beautiful here and was one of the highlights of the night. I recall wishing that there was more coming out of Drums/Space but that did not stop everyone from walking out of RFK in a daze. This show is good though the energy level has its ups and downs but overall, worth getting.
Reviewer: jcdsmack - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2005
Subject: Props to Bruce
I have to give props to Bruce Hornsby who stepped in this summer and in this show in particular was awesome, Maggies Farm especially, We had seats right behind the dugout and they were using as a first aid center. Kind of freaky but otherwis great. Jerry looked like god on the big screen during Stella Blue. The parking lot before and after the was big party cops were really cool, great memories.
Reviewer: Bobby T - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 7, 2005
Subject: Time of my life.....
I, like most of yall, saw a ton of shows. From 1984 to 1995. I saw a lot of stuff....
This night....for me...was one of the tightest, most creative nights I have ever seen ANY band play
If you saw what shows I am putting this up would prolly be shocked
But you know how it is...the starts where all in the right spot...had a spirtual thing happen with a close friend...everything just worked out for us on this day and show...
Just an all around great time...RFK non the less...Heh
Goes to show...ya don' ever know!!!!
Reviewer: Terrapin31590 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2005
Subject: Roll Away The Dew ...
This show obviously has the GDP seal of approval seeing as though it has been released commercially. That said, I was somewhat disappointed that 6/17, 6/22 or 6/24 (or 6/25 for that matter) were not chosen for the View treatment, because I think they are all superior to this good, not great show.

First set has a lot of energy, the "cowboy" duo, and especially maggie's farm are hot hot hot, with Hornsby really asserting himself nicely. Row Jimmy gets out there a little bit, and I can still remember the lower deck stands bouncing up and down during this song, some things you just never forget.

As for Set 2, on paper it looks killer, but to be honest, in execution not so much. Franklin's to me is the highlight, just refuses to not rock, but the Dark Star is somewhat uninspired (the only really good post Brent DS's in my opinion are 9/20/90 and 4/1/91) and for those who have the View CD or DVD absolutely PALES in comparison to the monster from 7/12/90. The short shrift back end with just Stella and Lovelight sorta bummed me out at the time. All that said, Summer 1991 was a great time to be alive and be a Head, so download this baby, and just let the music play.
Reviewer: Buddha Man Dan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2005
Subject: A FUN FUN Day
This was just a great and fun day, plain and simple. Great vibe, great tunes, just a down-home party with 65,000 friends and a killer house band.
Reviewer: mustabeenthedoses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2005
Subject: Great Show
This is a great show! The second set is friggin awesome with a standout Help>Slip>Franklin's to die for, Franklin's explodes at the end!
Reviewer: Terp97 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2005
Subject: Great show!
My first show! I remember wailing to cold rain and snow and thinking wow, dark star at my first show. Great weather and great jams!
Reviewer: EstimatedEyes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 28, 2005
Subject: RFK
This Was a great show and yes i missed brent and would have taken him over bruce anyday but still this was a great show it was my 20th show I had 20th row tickets on the floor and it was my first Dark Star ...... PS you can buy this at the gdstore on DVD It shows the show live and with the screen effects and all .....
Reviewer: hippies suck - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2005
Subject: great show
do it p.s i would trade pigpen keith and brent for 1 hornsby anyday
Reviewer: Karp - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2005
Subject: I remember the chairs
We were on the edge above the field, and when the chairs went so did we. Over the wall to a great dance fest. Loved the evening. Set the time machine back and I will hop on.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2005
Subject: solid
can't go wrong with this beauty. Long first set and a glorious second set with a lot of creative jamming.

Check out the second ending to Love Light. If you see the DVD you'll catch Hornsby banging his foot on the keys.
Reviewer: CatDude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: Right in front of me
The disturbed guy was in the seat directly in front of me, my first dead show with floor seats! He was pissing, masturbating, and defecating at various times. My nostrils fortunately clogged up eventually but that was one ugly scene, and I wasn't about to give up my good location. Great show, though, Help/Slip/Frank was awesome, IMHO>
Reviewer: zarah'sdad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2005
Subject: oh so good
I stream two shows a day at work, one in the morning, one in the afternoon. Usually, I will do two different periods daily, depending on my mood, the weather, and how "heavy" I want the music to be, etc. But, a few days ago I streamed an MSG show w/ Bruce, and was completely captivated. I streamed another one for the afternoon. I have spent all week listening to Bruce-era Dead. It is very consistent and seems to have just the right touch of everything I need.

Want a dark Star (a good one)? Check. Want Lovelight? Check. Want Jams? Check. Whatever you want, itsinthere.

This is a great show. This period probably represents the last great consistency from Jerry. He still had some good shows left, and some truly genius moments, but never again than when with Bruce.

DL all the Bruce shows.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2005
Subject: BIG river
Just popped in the dvd to this show last night to watch it again. It just amazes me how on these guys were. The BigRiver didnt let up even for a second, with Hornsby feeding off Garcia, and vise versa. Music Never Stopped ran out of steam, and is really teh only downslide of the great energy here. You can see on their faces they are really having a ball, and love playing with Bruce.
Reviewer: nyc oldie - favorite - January 28, 2005
Subject: That guy with the, uh, problem
That guy on the floor didn't just soil his pants.
He was a very disturbed man.

They called in a Hazmat team.
Reviewer: erroneus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2005
Subject: excellent show
This is my all time favorite show. After "The Music Never Stops", something happens to Bobby. For the entire second set, Bobby becomes lighning and Jerry becomes the wind. The whole show is extremely tight, up to every member of the band. The play between each member of the band is distinct and amazing. Help->slipnot! is a must hear. The drums after dark star are truly amazing and stella makes me want to cry.
Reviewer: DeadtotheHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2005
Subject: Great Show, biut Music has technical flaws
Another great show from the Vince Era, the only flaw is that "Music" has some type of taping problem that makes it difficult to listen to. Amazing show though.
Reviewer: jussieyes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 9, 2004
Subject: paradise waits!!!
my second review of a show in the archive- any Deadhead who lived through the days of audience cassette tape trading can appreciate the joys that this web site brings to the ears!! ....this one was special...the show smoked. Truly a flippy evening as a I remember it, as do others judging from the reviews. "Critters" were the tabs to have on this tour and I finally got them this evening. Needed some "help" during set brake as did a beautiful girl a row ahead of me...we both had a "critters evening" and found comfort in the shared experience. All I asked for to get me through was the music to start again and then they opened the second set with Help on the Way...couldn't have been more appropriate!!! Killer, Killer show!!! jonesin' for jerry and the good ole days once again! Can't say I remember the guy with the soiled drawers (thank god!!!)
Reviewer: Oslo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2004
Subject: Does any one remember...?
Was this the show the fire marshal threated to stop if everyone did not get off the floor. I thnk they stared the night off with chairs on the field at RFK, a little less than half way everyone ran down. if anyone remembers please say so. In any event this show melted my face off. The H/S/F still gives me goose bumps.
Reviewer: Oslo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2004
Subject: Does any one remember...?
Was this the show the fire marshal threated to stop if everyone did not get off the floor. I thnk they stared the night off with chairs on the field at RFK, a little less than half way everyone ran down. if anyone remembers please say so. In any event this show melted my face off. The H/S/F still gives me goose bumps.
Reviewer: Browntown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2004
Subject: Doublemint
For the start of the show I was up front next to this guy who looked almost identical to me. It was weird. Somewhere in HelpSlipFrank's these two very messed up twin girls came and started hanging all over us. Bizarro! Dark Star was great. I went back to the taper's section and stood there listening through my headphones. Epic.
Reviewer: deadchef - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2004
Subject: that guy
This was a great show from my memory, i dont remember much except the guy with the soiled pants and the franklins tower. I havnt downloaded it yet, but i hope it lives up the hazy yet comedic memories I have of that day
Reviewer: rootboyslim - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2004
Subject: Went to Fart But Shit His Pants
Does anyone remeber late in 1st set on field( seats on the field, how crazy was that) a guy standing in his shitty underwear? It was awful, it ran people out of the area and security did'nt want anything to do with him. LMAO
Reviewer: Zwyts - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2004
Subject: Top 5 of the year
Attended this show

1st set is above average with Row Jimmy through Music being exceptional

2nd set smokes

Most complete and interesting H/S/F of the 90's

Garcia is wildly inventive throughout.

Solos in Estimated and Lovelight are glorious.
Reviewer: Mr. Mystery - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2004
Subject: Hornsby is great
Damn, Hornsby is a great player. They should have hired him in '79 and never thought about Brent or Vince.
Reviewer: tiedyedmw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2004
Subject: d/s
the d/s on this is wickedly sick, clear the room of distractions and this will take you to "those places".... :-D
Reviewer: *Merlin* - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2004
Subject: Outstanding
One of my favorite shows, period. Start to finish there is amazing interplay between Jerry and Bruce but by all means the entire band is clicking throughout. Jer's majestic Row Jimmy solo gives me chills every time and the second set is just plain insane. The anticipation builds during the haunting tuning before Help on the Way and the craziest Slipknot! this side of 3-30-90 gets the madness going full force. The fake ending to Lovelight and the best Baby Blue I've heard round out this beast of a show. Don't pass it up.
Reviewer: rbraybo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2004
Subject: Great Show
This is some of Jerrys' finest playing with Bruce & Vince. Funky work on keys....and guitar (Bob & Jerry)
Reviewer: fez_43 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2004
Subject: some comments
just a *slight* amount of hiss detectable thru headphone listening. an absolutely insane second set beginning with (imo) the best post brent help>slip>frank with amazing work from both bruce and vince, who goes crazy with the effects during slip and franklins-truly unique. one of my top two favorite 91 shows, the other being 8.16 shoreline.
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